constitution

Meet North Carolina's revolutionary register of deeds   |   May 8, 2014
The county register of deeds is not the sort of elected office usually associated with radical political stances, given that its holder is charged with the low-profile job of...

 

Nullification: How states are making it a felony to enforce federal gun laws   |   May 6, 2013
By Lois Beckett, ProPublica In mid-April, Kansas passed a law asserting that federal gun regulations do not apply to guns made and owned in Kansas. Under the law, Kansans could...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The South's long resistance to marriage equality (updated)   |   March 27, 2013
(Editor's note: Shortly after this index was published, Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) announced that she had changed her position and no longer opposed civil marriage for same-sex...

 

A Colorblind Constitution: What Abigail Fisher's affirmative action case is really about   |   March 19, 2013
By Nikole Hannah-Jones, ProPublica When the NAACP began challenging Jim Crow laws across the South, it knew that, in the battle for public opinion, the particular plaintiffs...

 

VOICES: New constitutional amendment needed to protect the right to vote?   |   October 11, 2012
By Khalil Abdullah, New America Media The struggle over state-sponsored legislation limiting or redefining how and when citizens can vote has generated contentious debate. Judith...

 

Five ways courts say Texas discriminated against black and Latino voters   |   September 5, 2012
By Lois Beckett and Suevon Lee, ProPublica How does Texas discriminate against minority voters? Federal judges counted the ways. Last Tuesday, a panel of federal court judges...

 

What's next for Citizens United?   |   May 29, 2012
Mark your calendars for June 14, 2012. That's the day that the U.S. Supreme Court has announced it will take up what's being called Citizens United II, the first major...

 

Chipping Away   |   April 19, 2005
The Florida state legislature is trying to limit access to abortion under the guise of making it safer. According to the St. Petersburg Times, legislators want to impose expensive...